Through legislative and state government initiatives, BIAC works to improve the quality of life for people living with brain injuries while supporting initiatives to help prevent brain injuries from occurring. Information about current legislative efforts will be posted as it is available below. The content may change or be updated as we gather new information.
For information on the current legislative session, including all the bills being considered, click here.
Of particular urgent need is to ask the Appropriations Committee to reverse cuts to Medicaid. The committee must make a decision by April 5th, so your input is needed today! Click here for further information on the cuts and contact information. Thank you to Sheldon Toubman for his advocacy surrounding this issue.
BIAC has commented on the following bills.
S.B. No. 284 AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN VETERANS WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER OR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY OR WHO HAVE HAD AN EXPERIENCE OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA. To expand eligibility for certain veterans benefits to certain individuals who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury or who have had an experience of military sexual trauma. BIAC SUPPORTS. BIAC Testimony
HB 5161. AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING SEAT BELTS. To implement the recommendations of the Department of Public Health to require the use of seat belts in all positions of a vehicle. BIAC Supports. BIAC Testimony.
HB 5186: AN ACT CONCERNING CONCUSSION EDUCATION FOR COACHES OF CERTAIN YOUTH ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES. To require youth coaches of youth athletic activities conducted on fields, courts and recreational areas owned, operated or managed by municipalities to annually view an informational video regarding concussions. BIAC Opposes. BIAC Testimony.
Brain injuries are not just a medical issue. A brain injury can affect every aspect of a person's life (e.g., legal, education, employment, social and family relationships, emotional health, and mobility). Connecticut continues to lag behind many states in its services for individuals with brain injuries. For these reasons, we support legislation which would increase the opportunities for individuals to be able to remain in their own communities, have access to transportation, housing and receive the services they need.